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A dark day in history

A dark day in history

For Betty Martin, Thursday’s dedication of the Cooper Pants Factory historic marker hit home in a very personal way.

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Lanier Tech to host 1st job fair in 6 years

The job search has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and the decline in the economy have changed the way people get hired.

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Hall County Schools prepare Ebola plan

Hall County Schools is choosing to err on the side of caution when it comes to Ebola.

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Dance and auction will benefit child welfare group

A night of dinner and dancing will help raise tens of thousands of dollars to save and protect North Georgia children.

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Millions in Hall County road funds evaporate

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

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Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

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Graduation rates decrease for local school districts

Both Hall and Gainesville schools saw slight drops in their graduation rates in 2014, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education this morning.

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Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight




Dawsonville man killed in logging incident




More than 600K voters cast ballots in Georgia

More than 600,000 early ballots have been cast in Georgia, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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Badge & Bar: Man pleads not guilty in West Avenue slaying

One of the men indicted in a June 5 West Avenue fatal shooting has waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Gov. Deal compares Democrat Carter to Obama

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North Georgia Community Foundation lauds local couple’s generosity

North Georgia Community Foundation lauds local couple’s generosity

Woodrow “Woody” Stewart was known for his passion, his leadership and his generosity.

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Schools in Hall County battle bus driver shortage

Schools in Hall County battle bus driver shortage

Hall County Schools is looking for a creative solution to a chronic problem in school districts — a shortage of substitute bus drivers.

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Tri-state water management group being explored

A private group trying to positively influence a protracted water war is edging forward with plans for a possible “transboundary” water management institute.

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Concerns mount over proposed Virginia Circle development

Gainesville planning staff has expressed concerns about a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet proposed for the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle ahead of a public hearing next month.

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Man burned in flash fire at industrial park

A man was burned Wednesday morning while working at the Gateway Industrial Centre on Ga. 365 and has been flown to the Burn Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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Kids pursue passions during ‘genius hour’ at Centennial Arts Academy

Kids pursue passions during ‘genius hour’ at Centennial Arts Academy

For an hour a day at Centennial Arts Academy, a group of fifth-graders get to take a break from the usual structure to learn about anything they want to.

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Hall County Fire Station No. 5 collecting coats

Hall County Fire Station No. 5 is holding a coat drive for students in need.

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Carter stumps on Deal’s home turf

Carter stumps on Deal’s home turf

Local business owners, students, lawyers and other supporters greeted Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter on Tuesday, one week ahead of Election Day, in the downtown Gainesville square.

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Flowery Branch launches newly redesigned website

As Flowery Branch continues physical growth and change, its virtual world is trying to keep up.

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State receives mixed review on election improvements

A new report out this week gives Georgia a mixed grade on its implementation of recommendations made by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration earlier this year to improve the voting experience of Americans.

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Eyes on the Road: Traffic light study ongoing at South Hall intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation is still collecting data regarding a possible traffic light at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

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Passenger in plane crash in stable condition

The passenger in the Oct. 16 plane crash outside Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville is in stable condition, according to Lanier Flight Center President Troy Wheeler.

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Library director asks board to review operating hours

The Hall County Library System may begin a review of operating hours based on worries about future finances going sour.

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Libertarians play outsized role in key races in state

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Gym of ‘36 makeover staying true to roots

Gym of ‘36 makeover staying true to roots

Don’t be alarmed, area history buffs and longtime Gainesville residents. The boarded-up windows don’t mean the hallowed Gym of ‘36 is going into decline.

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Golf tourney raises money for injured firefighters

Golf tourney raises money for injured firefighters

A group of golfers came out Monday to support three Hall County firefighters, hoping to chip in to their relief fund.

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Deputy struck by vehicle while directing traffic at school

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Oakwood budget hearing draws no residents

No one showed for Oakwood’s public hearing Monday on the South Hall city’s fiscal 2015 budget.

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Lake group privately hashing out water management plan

Jim McClatchey said he hopes a private water group can still produce its own water management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

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The Local Agenda: Early voting remains steady for 2nd week

As far as midterm elections go, Hall County voters appear to be taking advantage of early voting options.

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Local priorities for 2015 General Assemby taking shape

The Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting Monday night in Buford with local government officials.

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Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

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$565K grant to help Hall schools improve Wi-Fi access

Hall County schools have been awarded a $565,189 grant from the state to help cover the costs of upgrading the district’s Wi-Fi infrastructure, district officials announced Monday at a school board meeting.

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Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years.

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Forsyth deputy struck by vehicle while directing traffic at school

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Students attend climate march in New York

Kayla Ballenger has been an environmentalist for as long as she can remember, so when she had a chance to attend the People’s Climate March, a march on the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last month, the decision was easy.

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Air Force vet, mom of 3 calls getting Habitat home 'emotional,' 'overwhelming'

Air Force vet, mom of 3 calls getting Habitat home 'emotional,' 'overwhelming'

At first glance, the newly rebuilt house, situated in a nondescript neighborhood called Wintergreen Court, doesn’t look any different from every other freshly constructed home in the Flowery Branch area.

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Ga. Senate debate: Nunn, Perdue spar over gridlock

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Dogs dress up for charity

Dogs dress up for charity

The 2014 Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest and parade Sunday brought furry friends and their owners to Laurel Park in Gainesville for the event sponsored by Hall County Parks & Leisure and the Hall County Animal Shelter. Contest categories included scariest, funniest, cutest, best owner/pet look-alike and best overall. After the contest, the pets were paraded around the park. Participants were asked to donate pet-friendly items such as newspapers or paper towels for the Hall County Animal Shelter.

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Class Notes: Middle school programs of choice open for applications

Applications are now open for rising sixth-graders at the Da Vinci Academy and the Earhart-Edison Exploration Academy, Hall County’s programs of choice for middle school students.

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Governor candidates clash on education, jobs, taxes

Governor candidates clash on education, jobs, taxes

ATLANTA The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

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Oakwood plans only hearing on 2015 budget

Now that it has approved a significant tax increase to support its 2015 budget, Oakwood City Council is looking to nail down the spending plan itself.

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Edgewater apartments to undergo renovation after sale

One of Gainesville’s lakefront properties is getting a makeover.

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Escaped Cumming inmate turns self in


Agriculture Commissioner race follows ‘legacy’ theme

Agriculture Commissioner race follows ‘legacy’ theme

One theme keeps rearing its head this election year when it comes to contested races in Georgia: Democrats are trotting out candidates with name-brand recognition as Republicans push back against this “legacy” influence.

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Seized assets help fund city, county law enforcement

Seized assets help fund city, county law enforcement

The old adage is “crime doesn’t pay,” but for law enforcement, there are dividends.

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Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

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Mothers, sons bond with service work on outdoor classroom for housing authority

Mothers, sons bond with service work on outdoor classroom for housing authority

Mother-son bonding Saturday required two-by-fours, power tools and an early jump on the morning.

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State graduation rates low for 2-year degrees

In Georgia, about two-thirds of new full-time students seeking bachelor’s degrees will graduate on time, but for associate degrees, fewer than a quarter will graduate under the same criteria, according to Complete College America.

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Gainesville’s annual Trick or Treat on Trail includes more than just candy

Gainesville’s annual Trick or Treat on Trail includes more than just candy

Gainesville’s Midtown Greenway was full of laughter, music and fun Saturday when Trick or Treat on the Trail took over the half-mile loop.

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Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

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Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

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Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

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Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

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‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King’s Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

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Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

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Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

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Republican party remains optimistic

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Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It’s not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

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How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district’s chief academic officer.

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Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

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Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

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First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor’s Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia’s first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

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Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

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Almost 400 jobs available between Wal-Mart, Lanier Islands hiring

Gainesville’s jobless rate took a big drop in September, and with Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Wal-Mart hiring for new operations, it’s likely to continue falling.

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Halloween haunts: Area attractions focus on fun and safety

Halloween haunts: Area attractions focus on fun and safety

Some corn mazes are supposed to be scary. But corn maze operators want customers scared for the right reasons and say they invest time and money to ensure safety.

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Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

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Badge & Bar: Hall SWAT takes part in child porn seizure

Hall County SWAT team worked with 28 local, state and federal agencies in a three-month child pornography investigation, leading to 18 arrests Wednesday.

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Forsyth releases more courthouse attack details

By the time Dennis Marx drove onto the Forsyth County Courthouse plaza June 6 and started a gunbattle with sheriff’s deputies, he had already shot himself in the leg, according to information authorities released Tuesday. 

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Lanier Tech upgrades dental lab

Lanier Tech upgrades dental lab

As an educator, David Byers is full of enthusiasm and pride.

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Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

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Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

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Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

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